Everyone looking to buy a new home is well aware that each is a little different. You really need to weigh out all the costs and benefits that are unique to each home. Some families are willing to pay more money if it means being closer to work. Others may be looking for a big backyard while some just see more yard work being needed. Some families may just be looking at school zones for their children. There are plenty of other factors that can make or break a sale as well. Some people may just be looking at a house’s heating and cooling equipment. Buyers may not always be familiar with every different kind of heating and cooling method that exists. For smaller houses, window air conditioners or ductless mini-split air conditioners are not uncommon. Each of these HVAC methods provide the home with treated air without needing the installation of air ducts throughout the house. Window air conditioners are great for one room of the house, while ductless mini-split systems can expand to several rooms. Both are great choices for smaller houses. For northern homes, looking at heating equipment is much more important. An oil furnace may provide more heat, but it may cost a lot more to use while being less efficient. Not to mention it requires a tank to store oil. Typically, a gas furnace is the better option, with electric furnaces being a close second. Electric furnaces are quickly becoming more common with their advantage of coming without combustion byproducts. In the event of a power outage, however, that means no heat when you might just need it most.